The Bristol-based festival dedicated to photobooks

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The Publications on Photography festival comes back this year with over fifty publishers and a rich program of artist talks and events 

“There is just something so tangible about the photobook, ” says Martin Parr, a famous photobook aficionado. Indeed, Parr and his foundation (the Matn Parr Foundation) produce the particular Books on Photography festivity (BOP) with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) annually.

“It’s an important time for picture taking, ” Parr continues. The final 18 months have dramatically affected the medium and those active in the photographic community. The 2021 iteration of BOP, which usually runs from 22 to 24 October, reflects this particular, exploring the changing photo taking landscape with over fifty publishers. Highlights include photographer Giya Makondo-Wills’ talk upon race and decolonisation in the photobook and documentary photographer Nick Hedges discussion with Parr on the impact of photographic history on the present day.  

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“For me, being able to filled these books physically and find out new projects is what makes the particular book fair so important, ” says Michael Pritchard, movie director of the RPS. Although image festivals adapted to the on the internet realm during Covid-19, for you to experience photobooks physically were lost. “Being in the room with these books leads to the particular unexpected; you never know what you will find, ” he continues.

Isaac Huxtable

Isaac Huxtable joined the Uk Journal of Photography in October 2020, where he happens to be the Editorial Assistant. Just before this, he studied the BA in History of Artwork at the Courtauld Instititue of Art, London.

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